So you want to teach?
Maybe high school or above?
Elementary school? Public School? Home School? Sunday School?
And you really want to encourage kids to ask questions? That’s what experts say we should do.
So how would you handle these?
(1) “How long do atoms last?”
(2) “Where do the words go when we pray?”
These come from 6th graders who were encouraged to think. For 8 more go through the DOOR…
From years of teaching all ages in public schools from early years through graduate school, and yes, teenagers in Sunday school, and having a special fondness for middle schoolers who have no interest in playing the “education game,” the following questions have emerged:
(3) “How do we know that everything started at a point?”
(4) “How many molecules are necessary to hold a thought?”
(5) “When the molecules that hold thoughts break up, are the thoughts lost?”
(6) “How do we know atoms of one element (or isotope of that element) are all alike?
(7) “Will my great-grandfather be as young as me when I get to heaven? And wait…if I die when I’m 11, will I be 11 forever?
(8) “In the Transfiguration when Jesus appeared in the sky alongside Moses and Elijah (Mt. 17:1-13), how did the two disciples with him know it was Moses and Elijah? Did they wear name tags?
(9) “When Jesus helped his disciples catch fish, why did the Bible point out they caught exactly 153 of them?” (John 21:11)
(10) “When Jesus walked on water did fish just see the soles of his feet?”
So how would you answer such questions? Like to give me a hand here? Or what grand questions do you have to add to my list? (For the record: As to Question #1, Atoms–usually–exist “forever,” unless they are radioactive, or until the Universe ends in the 6 (or more?) ways we discussed in our post on May, 3, 2013, “Time Ends!” (Or so we think on the basis of what we know). As to Question #2, my response: First of all, don’t look to science for help here.